An Oklahoman Jan 6th Capitol rioter loses his job, wife and now shunned by his community.
When asking a judge for mercy this week, the lawyer for a defendant in the Capitol riot listed the negative effects he claimed his client had endured as a result of his involvement in the incident on January 6.
Jerry Ryals, who admitted guilt to one count of civil disorder in May, is set to be sentenced next month. He was initially charged with five counts, including disruptive conduct, entering and lingering, and obstructing an official proceeding.
Federal prosecutors have handed some rioters lighter sentences in return for their guilty pleas. However, the government is still working to prosecute the more than 900 people who were detained in connection with the incident.
In a sentencing memo submitted on Friday, Ryals’ lawyer asked for two years of probation rather than a jail sentence for his client’s offense. According to federal sentencing guidelines, the maximum term for the crime is five years in prison.
In court records, the defendant’s attorney portrayed his client as a “gentle giant” who had been duped by the election lies of former President Donald Trump.
According to attorney Jay P. Mykytiuk, “Mr. Ryals had no goal other than to join in a nonviolent protest, unlike many others who took part in the January 6th incident.” “He had no weapons. He didn’t barge into the Capitol by force. Also, he didn’t interact physically with law enforcement. ”
Mykytiuk acknowledged that Ryals “showed his support” for those who led the building break-in, but he said he did not “join them at the front.”
Jerry Ryals, an Oklahoman Jan 6th Capitol rioter loses his job, wife left him and now shunned by his community.
Ryals has “already felt the impact” of his involvement in the uprising, according to his attorney: The siege caused him to lose his job and to become estranged from his wife.
As a result of his sentence, Ryals, who is referred to as an “avid hunter,” will also be prohibited from holding weapons and will no longer be able to vote—”a right he treasured so passionately.”
The majority of people in his neighborhood are aware of his offense because of the extensive media coverage and historic significance of the January 6 riot, and many have shunned him as a result, Mykytiuk continued.
He is not the first January 6 defendant to speak of the siege’s significant personal effects. A Texas lawyer said earlier this year that the loss of his fiancée, friends, and job caused him to “reach rock bottom.”